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Duck Hunting Royalty: Why the Mallard Reigns

Anas platyrhynchos is the world’s most common and widespread wild duck ; even a frequent resident of parks, golf courses and city ponds. Yet when we sit by the fire and talk of fowling and hunts past, it becomes clear that we cherish and revere the mallard over all other...


5 Ducks You'll Miss This Season

We practice all summer, focusing hard on those clay targets, following proper form and swinging through the bird after we slap the trigger. Our score sheets look great, and confidence swells. Then we go out opening day and blow at least one or two opportunities. Hey, it happens. But why?...


Goose Calling Tip: Perfecting The Goose Cluck and Moan

Perfecting the cluck and moan of Canada geese might seem a bit daunting at first. However, Banded pro Chad Belding, host of The Fowl Life , breaks down the process into several simple, common-sense steps. Practice these techniques during the off-season, and then use them this fall to lure more...


Duck Hunting Decoy Debate: Big Spread, Small Spread?

Decoy setups often reflect the space in your boat, the amount of walking and lugging you’re willing to accept, or the size of the water or field you plan to hunt . As a result, you commonly see spreads of two- to six-dozen blocks dotting America’s marshes, lakes and corn...


How to Miss a Decoying Duck

Hanging over the decoys in perfect range, a cupped, committed duck or goose is probably the easiest target in waterfowl hunting. So why do we miss those gimme shots so often? Various factors combine to turn ideal decoying shots into embarrassing whiffs or panicked follow-up volleys. Let’s examine how cake...


How to Scout for Early Season Honkers Right Now

OK, any thoughts on serious scouting for early season honkers might be premature. Still, hardcore goose nuts can take some early steps toward finding potential hotspots for late-summer and early fall Canada goose hotspots long before it’s time to place decoys. Narrow the Food Search In many areas, early season...


3 Public-Land Duck Tactics That Really Work

Public property offers an uncountable amount of waterfowling opportunity throughout the country. Trouble is, many folks don’t take advantage because they don’t want to compete with crowds or stare at a shot-out marsh. It shouldn’t be that way. True, hunting publicly accessible land or water isn’t like walking into an...


How Do You Measure Up as a Waterfowl Hunter?

Anyone who participates in an activity eventually wonders how they compare to their contemporaries. Baseball players do it, as do competitive shooters. Heck, even bowlers keep score. Waterfowlers are no different. However, comparisons don’t come as easily for duck and goose hunters. Ballplayers, bowlers and skeet shooters can rely on...


Hand Helpers: Find the Right Waterfowling Gloves

As early goose and teal seasons fade into the crisp, breezy days of autumn, duck hunters begin to pay attention to their hands. Specifically, they notice that their fingers can get darn cold many mornings. As such, gloves become important. However, one glove — bad-pun warning — doesn’t fit all...


Tips for Introducing Youngsters to Waterfowl Hunting

Folks make a big deal about introducing children or teens to waterfowl hunting , and rightly so. But that’s often where the advice ends. If we want to recruit newcomers into the full-time ranks of duck and goose hunters, we must do everything to make sure their first experience is...


3 Super-Easy Waterfowling Skills You Can Acquire Right Now

Admittedly, most waterfowl hunters aren’t thinking too seriously about the upcoming season. We’re busy chasing turkeys or recovering from spring light-goose conservation hunts. That’s no problem, as there’s plenty of time to fix decoys, get our boats purring and fine-tune our retrievers. But during this not-so-serious time months before the...


4 Down-and-Dirty Plan B Waterfowling Saves

Every duck and goose hunter remembers with pride those great mornings when a well-executed plan came together. Of course, we also recall with regret those equally memorable days when our plans crashed and burned. It happens. But even an epic fail at the start of a day doesn’t spell doom...


Goose Calling Tip: How to Sound Like Two Geese Clucking

Top-level callers lure geese sure-kill close by sounding like multiple birds. At first, that seems difficult. However, Chad Belding, of Banded's The Fowl Life , provided this great how-to video to help you master the skill . Use this technique to call in more honkers this season. I know I...


9 Soul-Crushing Lines Heard in the Duck Blind

Call me a grump, but some statements make me cringe or roll my eyes. Many of those are uttered in a duck blind or goose field. I try to be polite and open-minded, of course, especially when chatting with fellow hunters. But when you’ve heard a few of these lines...


7 Shooting Sins in the Duck Marsh

You can make countless shooting mistakes while hunting ducks and geese . However, provided that you’re safe and at least somewhat proficient, most folks overlook minor gaffes or annoying habits. Still, a few seemingly minor no-nos can create tension in the blind or hamper your performance. Let’s look at seven...


How Do Duck Hunters Measure Satisfaction?

When you review a hunting journal or peruse old photos, days and episodes jump at you. Some leave you with a lasting sense of happiness or fulfillment. Others sting you and make you shake your head. Of course, that prompts an obvious question: why? Specifically, why do duck hunters feel...


Favorite Waterfowl Loads of Top Hunters

When you lust for a lively discussion, ask a group of waterfowl hunters about their favorite loads and shot sizes. Then, sit back, grab some popcorn and prepare to hear many conflicting opinions backed up by pseudo-science and personal preference. If you’d like some expert advice, however, ask that question...


Thoughts on Pass-Shooting Ducks and Geese

Pass-shooting gets a bad name, and it’s easy to see why. For our purposes, let's define pass-shooting as firing at birds as they fly by instead of flushing or working decoys. Often, that practice involves overeager hunters staked out along refuge-boundary firing lines taking long-distance “fliers” at ducks or geese...


Getting Real: Recovering Crippled Ducks and Geese

You practice wing-shooting regularly, and use a gun, load and choke that perform well together. Further, you combine calling and decoys to sucker birds sure-kill close and only take ethical shots. Yet some days, that doesn’t always pay off. In fact, during many hunts, some ducks or geese are wing-tipped,...


Duck Dog Training: Avoiding 'Little' Bad Habits

Duck and goose hunters might seem demanding and particular about our dogs’ discipline and behavior. In fact, some outside observers suggest that we would benefit from a big-picture view. Maybe that’s true at times. However, we have good reason to keep seemingly high standards, and it’s summed up in an...


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